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Gender and ethnic discrimination in the rental housing market

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  • Ragnar Bengtsson
  • Ellis Iverman
  • Björn Tyrefors Hinnerich

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We use a field experiment to measure discrimination in the housing market in Stockholm. Four fictitious persons, of different gender, with distinct-sounding Arabic or Swedish names, are randomly assigned to vacant apartments. We extend the study by Ahmed and Hammarstedt (2008). There are two new results. First, we provide evidence that there is no or little gender premium for the female with the Arabic name, which suggests that ethnic discrimination dominates the effects of gender. Second, discriminatory behaviour is only found in the suburbs or satellite cities/towns of Stockholm County not in the densely populated, affluent, city centre. Moreover, we can replicate that there is a gender premium for females with Swedish names. However, we are not able to confirm that males with Arabic names face discrimination.

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  • Ragnar Bengtsson & Ellis Iverman & Björn Tyrefors Hinnerich, 2012. "Gender and ethnic discrimination in the rental housing market," Applied Economics Letters, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 19(1), pages 1-5, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:apeclt:v:19:y:2012:i:1:p:1-5
    DOI: 10.1080/13504851.2011.564125
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    1. Rich, Judy, 2014. "What Do Field Experiments of Discrimination in Markets Tell Us? A Meta Analysis of Studies Conducted since 2000," IZA Discussion Papers 8584, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
    2. Auspurg, Katrin & Hinz, Thomas & Schmid, Laura, 2017. "Contexts and conditions of ethnic discrimination: Evidence from a field experiment in a German housing market," Journal of Housing Economics, Elsevier, vol. 35(C), pages 26-36.
    3. Julie Le Gallo & Yannick L'Horty & Loïc du Parquet & Pascale Petit, 2017. "Les discriminations dans l’accès au logement en France : Un testing de couverture nationale," TEPP Research Report 2017-11, TEPP.
    4. Carolin Pommeranz & Bertram Ingolf Steininger, 2018. "Willingness or Market Power: What Induces Tenants to Pay for Energy Efficient Housing?," ERES eres2018_134, European Real Estate Society (ERES).
    5. Mathieu Bunel & Yannick L'Horty & Loïc du Parquet & Pascale Petit, 2017. "Les discriminations dans l’accès au logement à Paris : Une expérience contrôlée," TEPP Research Report 2017-01, TEPP.

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